New Delhi, 03 Oct 2014: Jamaat-e-Islami Hindi has termed as unjustified, improper and emotive the statement of Press Council of India chief Markandey Katju that Muslim Personal Law is unjust and degrading for women. Jamaat has urged Mr. Katju, who has been associated with judiciary for a long period of time, to explain as to how Uniform Civil Code could be just for a multi-religion and multi-culture country like India of over one billion people.
Mr. Nusrat Ali, Secretary General of Jamaat-e-Islami Hind, said that some statements of former Supreme Court judge Katju are indeed useful, reasonable and moderate. But it seems that from his days in judiciary, he has held one-sided, illogical and unjustified viewpoint about Muslim Personal Law. He has once again expressed this view and thus has not only hurt the sentiments of the Muslim community and millions of other fellow countrymen but also raked up an impracticable, useless and unnecessary debate.
The Jamaat leader further said that Mr. Katju has described the Muslim Personal Law as barbaric and backward. This is completely against facts. By making such statement, he seems to have fallen prey to the conspiracy for distorting the history of Islam. Personalities of his stature should save themselves from the conspiracy.
Secretary General of the Jamaat has challenged Mr. Katju to analyse just last one year’s data about crimes against women like brutalities, domestic violence, murder, rape and sexual harassment etc. and he will surely know the truth that Muslim women are least affected and they are happily living under Muslim Personal Law. Yet, if some Muslim women have faced violence and injustice it is not because of Muslim Personal Law but the weaknesses of the Muslim society. A responsible person and expert like Mr Katju should understand the difference.